Difference between tablet computers and Netbooks
Tablet computers vs Netbooks:
Today is the era of tablets and smartphones, one would undoubtedly say. Well, is that true? Yes, today is the era of desktop laptop been evolved to tablet computers and cellular phones been evolved to smartphones. The twenty first century can obviously be abridged to tablets computers and smartphones. Netbooks, which are somewhat similar to tablet computers in terms of usability, are another benchmark of the evolution of personal computers. However, as much as they seem to be similar, tablet computers and Netbooks are quite different in many ways. This article intends to describe what a tablet computer is and what does a Netbook mean, and ultimately to explain the differences between the two types of personal computers.
What is tablet computer?
A tablet computer, or as commonly known, a tablet or a tab, is simply a more sophisticated type of personal computer which is a mobile computer slightly larger than a mobile phone. It is also known as a ‘personal digital assistant’ incorporated into a flat touch screen. Tablet computers basically operated by touching the screen either with your finger tip or with a digital pen that is exclusively designed to use for tablets and touch phones. Tablet computers do not come with a physical keyboard but they use an onscreen virtual keyboard. The keyboard may generally be connected to the tablet with a wireless link or a USB port. The keyboard only appears when it is requested by the user. Briefly speaking of the origin and the history of tablet computers, the concept of the tablet originated in the 19th and 20th centuries. However, the first portable mobile computer based on that concept emerged at the closing stages of the 20th century. Microsoft Tablet PC, which was comparatively unsuccessful, was first introduced during the 2000s. Then, Apple released the first successful tablet computer of the world, iPad in April, 2010. Then, several other companies such as Samsung launched tablets for the world commercial market. Further, speaking of the operation of tablets, a number of operating systems can be run in them just like in regular computers. Operating systems used in tables are two typed: traditional desktop-based Oss such as Microsoft Windows, and Linux, and post-PC mobile-based Oss such as Apple iOS and Google Android. Ultimately, tablets typically have battery life of three-ten hours and they generally weigh around 1-1.5 kgs.
What is a Netbook?
A Netbook, which is completely different from notebooks that are laptop computers, belongs to a category of small, lightweight and inexpensive computers. They were first discovered in late 2007. Smaller Netbooks encompass low weight and low cost, it is generally viewed. A Netbook would typically weigh 1kg. Netbooks are notable for their featured smaller screens and keyboards. Further, they also offer reduced computing power in comparison to a normal laptop. Moreover, Netbooks come in a range of screen sizes from 5” to 12”. Over time, Netbooks became more advanced with sophisticated features. Although Netbooks’ origin can be tracked from Libretto sub notebooks in 1996, the generic term ‘Netbook’ came into use in 2007 with Asus introducing Asus Eee PC. However, with the fast development of the tablet market, Netbooks were dragged to a decline.
What is the difference between a Netbook and a tablet computer?
As you may be well clear by now, tablet PCs and Netbooks are different types of personal computers. One similarity that can be drawn between them would be their capacity to be used easily and carried easily with low weight. Also, both belong to the category of ultra mobile devices. Yet, there are a number of differences between the two computer types. The major difference would be their price difference. Tablet computers are generally more expensive than Netbooks. Further, Netbooks are descendants of notebooks, a type of laptops while the tablets are slightly different from laptops. Netbooks do always come with a physical keyboard though the design is smaller. Yet, tablets come with an integrated virtual keyboard. That would be another disparity. Besides, another major discrepancy would be the touch screen. The tablets are designed centering a touch pad. Tablets’ touch screen let the user use it more efficiently with a stylus pen or a digital pen. That permits the user to navigate relatively easily. Tough screen advantages you at the time you want to draw a diagram or a figure. For the same purpose with a Netbook, you have to have a mouse on a flat, smooth surface. Moreover, tablet computers are little bit higher in the capacity to get damaged. That should be noted in your mind though. Tablets are easy to operate in the field too. They do not require a flat surface to sit on. You can always operate a tablet holding it in your hand. But, a Netbook always require a flat surface to sit on so that it can be operated. This feature makes tablets more efficient. As such, tablet computers and Notebooks are distinctly different.